It’s 1997. New York City is a maximum-security prison. Bridges are mined. Rivers are patrolled. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out.
When Air Force One crash-lands downtown, and the President (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by the nefarious “A-Number One!” gang lord The Duke (Isaac Hayes), it falls on Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), one particularly nasty ex-Special Forces and convicted Fed bank robber, to powerglide into Manhattan and get the leader of the free world freed from danger.
Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Season Hubley round out the cast of fugitives out to either assist or assault Snake on his mission.